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Today in World War II History—June 26, 1944

65 Years Ago: June 26, 1944: Republican convention opens in Chicago. Thomas Dewey of New York will be nominated for president, with John Bricker of Ohio as his running mate.

On the Road with Trash-Talking Geckos

“Trash-talking geckos go in the glove compartment.”

I never thought I’d say those words, but as a mom, I say lots of things I never thought I’d say.

Last summer I was driving with my three children from the Bay Area to Oregon to visit my husband’s parents. After ten hours on the road, the kids got punchy. Ten-year-old Matthew set the stuffed gecko he’d just gotten in Hawaii on the seat between him and his sister Anna, then twelve. Except the gecko couldn’t sit still. He climbed on Anna’s lap, shoulders, head.

“Mom,” Anna said with a giggle. “Make Matthew stop.”
“It’s not me. It’s the gecko.”
“Well,” I said, eyes on the road. “Tell your gecko to sit properly in his seat.”
Silence for a minute, then whispers, then more giggles. “Mo-om, Matthew said I was stupid.”
“It wasn’t me. It was the gecko.”
I changed lanes, careful to check my mirrors. “Tell your gecko to be nice.”
A minute later: “Mo-o-om. The gecko said he was going to hit me and send me to Australia.”
Australia? “Matthew, tell him to behave or…” Then I said it: “Trash-talking geckos go in the glove compartment.”

Laughter bubbled up and spread throughout the car. Have you ever seen those words strung together? Have those seven words ever been strung together before in the history of the world?

No deep lesson here. No great spiritual connection. Just a simple reminder that we are all unique, that every day presents something fresh, and that we can contribute something never seen or heard before.

And watch out for those geckos. They look cute, but talk trash.

Today in World War II History—June 23, 1944

65 Years Ago: June 23, 1944: US Eighth Air Force establishes Project Aphrodite, which will attempt to use remote control to guide unmanned, war-weary planes loaded with bombs at targets.

Today in World War II History—June 22, 1944

65 Years Ago: June 22, 1944: President Roosevelt signs GI Bill of Rights. Soviets launch Bagration offensive in Byelorussia, which will lead to the heaviest German losses in the war.

Today in World War II History—June 21, 1944

65 Years Ago: June 21, 1944: US Eighth Air Force flies first “shuttle” mission to USSR. B-17s leave bases in UK, bomb targets in eastern Europe, and land at Poltava. That night the Luftwaffe bombs Poltava, destroying 44 of 72 B-17s.

Only One Thing

What comes between me and Jesus? Do I let money, time, my to-do list, or the opinions of others stand in the way?

Today I read three related Bible stories: when Mary anoints Jesus (Matthew 26:6-16, Mark 14:3-11, John 12:1-8), when the sinful woman anoints Jesus (Luke 7:37-39), and the account of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42).

In each story, someone can’t see beyond the things of this world.

  • Judas Iscariot only sees the money. How could anyone waste so many denarii?
  • Simon the Pharisee only sees the reactions of others. What will people think if they see a sinful woman in my house?
  • Martha – dear, much-maligned Martha, who really did love Jesus – only sees the mountains of food and dishes. How can anyone sit still when there’s work to be done?

Oh, what a contrast with those who can only see Jesus!

  • In Mary’s eyes, no cost is too great to anoint her Savior and prepare Him for burial.
  • The sinful woman doesn’t care what anyone thinks when given the chance to express her gratitude for Jesus’ forgiveness.
  • To Mary, no time is better spent than time at the Master’s feet, drinking in His teaching.

I want to be like these women. I want to be so devoted to Jesus that money means nothing compared to the joy of giving to Him, that I prefer the favor of God to the opinion of man, and that I never begrudge a minute spent serving Him or sitting in His presence.

Jesus told Martha, “‘But only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her'” Luke 10:42 NIV.

Every minute of every day, I want to choose what’s better. I want to be completely devoted to my Lord. He deserves nothing less.